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Views & Reviews From the Frontline


BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 23 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a940
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    One morning on the Costa Brava: drunken singing fills the campsite; plasters and hormone replacement therapy patches float in the swimming pool; lobster coloured flesh and regretted tattoos are on show in the communal shower block; marauding children hover around the campsite supermarket—sadly, it is our British youth buying bottles of vodka.

    Despite the caravan’s air conditioning, sweat trickles on to my book; my only respite is Sebastian Faulks’s first world war narrative, Birdsong.

    Holidays are a type of …

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